Call for lightning talks & demos

Now closed - 59 lightning talks & 21 demos submitted
OSF2021 gives the opportunity to individuals, organisations and initiatives to present their work and ideas addressing one of the conference topics. 

The call for Lightning talks & Demos is an opportunity for individuals, teams and projects to showcase the latest knowledge and potential solutions to support Open Science and FAIR data in the academic, commercial or public environment.

The deadline for submissions is July 26 Aug 2, 2021.


Topics of interest

Topics of interest include:
Interdisciplinary collaborations: Networks, services, methods
Sharing best practices and knowledge
Legal aspects of open science; GDPR and IPR exploitation
Responsible metrics and research assessment
Interoperability across domains and services 
RDM best practices
Sustaining Open infrastructures, services and tools for research communities
Collaborative platforms for all research artifacts
Innovations in publishing and research dissemination
Collective funding models for open infrastructures and services
Value added data products/services from open science
Research analytics and visualizations
Text and data mining for/from research
Open metrics infrastructures: how to combine, what is next?
Training and skills for open science
Sustaining open science training: people, resources, governance
Skills within the wider research context
Assessment frameworks for trainers and researchers
Competence centers: models, integration and coordination
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and FAIR data
FAIR data policy and practice: from theory to implementation
National EOSC initiatives
Thematic Clouds
Rules of Participation in EOSC
Citizen science: barriers and opportunities for collaboration
Local and global collaborations: people and networks
Citizen science open science practices and policies
Infrastructures and services for citizen science
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Authors are asked to submit a short proposal (300 - 500 words) that describes the main contributions of the Lightning talk / Demo. Proposals should contain a brief abstract, place an emphasis on the motivation for the work, and summarize contributions being presented.

  • Abstract length: maximum 300 words.
  • The language of the conference will be English; therefore, the abstract must be in this language.
  • All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by members of the Conference Programme Committee based on the criteria mentioned above.

Authors of accepted poster proposals will be provided instructions for preparing the posters. Stands/tripods will be provided to display all accepted posters.

Authors of accepted lightning talk proposals will be asked to record their sessions. Virtual rooms will be provided for discussions with the audience.

Authors of accepted demo proposals will be provided instructions for the demo presentations. Stands with a screen will be provided to display all accepted demos.For demos you would need to state how you would interact with the audience.

For lightning talks we will apply the 24/7 rule: 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful presentations are fast paced and have a clear focus on one idea.




Demos and Lighning talk proposals will be evaluated primarily on their potential to stimulate interesting discussions, facilitate the exchange of ideas, and promote collaborations. Additional criteria are:

  • Relevance
  • Impact on the wider community
  • Level of innovation
  • Originality
  • Openness and Fairness of the solution / method / product
  • Quality of the abstract

Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics and geographical / cultural range will be represented.
Applications will be evaluated by the Conference Programme Committee.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:  26 July, 2021 2, Aug, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance / rejection:  27 August, 2021
  • Final abstract and video recording submission:  Sept 10, 2021
  • Conference Dates: 20 – 23 September, 2021


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